Thursday July 31st 2014

Can you overdose (OD) on Xanax?

Yes, you can overdose on Xanax (alprazolam).  But it is difficult.

In fact, Xanax, which is mainly used to help control anxiety, is known to be a relatively safe drug. But how much Xanax does it take to overdose and what can you do to protect yourself from an accidental Xanax overdose? In this article, we’ll explore the risk factors for Xanax overdose. And we invite your questions about Xanax and overdose at the end.

Can you overdose on Xanax?

Yes, you can overdose on Xanax, but the amount needed is typically very high. The amount needed to overdose on Xanax will vary from person to person, based on your body weight, previous exposure to Xanax, metabolism and other factors. However, if you take Xanax with other medications or alcohol, your risk of overdose or complications increases. Additionally, Xanax abuse (intentionally taking Xanax for non-medical reasons) such as snorting Xanax high increases your risk of potential overdose. This medication should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor.

What happens when you overdose on Xanax?

Taking large amounts of Xanax causes drowsiness and impairment of judgment, and this can put you in danger. The dizziness and excessive tiredness that are common side effects of Xanax may cause accidents. And when taken at high doses or mixed with other drugs, Xanax can cause a slowed heartbeat or breathing problems.

But the most dangerous complication of Xanax overdose is slowed or shallow breathing. Xanax overdose can cause your breathing to stop completely. Other medications combined with the Xanax may also cause overdose, or make these effects more pronounced.

How many Xanax is too much?

Doctors never recommend more than 2 mg of Xanax be taken at one time, that’s only in someone with a tolerance for the medication. Starting doses of Xanax can be as low as 0.75 mg per day.

Some people have reported taking up to 2000 mg of Xanax, with only minor toxicity. This is more than 1000 times the maximum daily recommended dose, making Xanax a very safe medication when it’s taken alone. However, it is much easier to overdose on Xanax when it’s combined with other central nervous system depressants, such as opiates or alcohol.

Xanax overdose help

It takes a very high amount of Xanax to overdose, and even more to experience long-term health effects or death, at least when Xanax is taken alone.  This is one reason why alprazolam is not classified as narcotic Xanax (addiction liability for Xanax is low, as well).  It can be unpleasant and dangerous to take high amounts of Xanax, but medically it’s unlikely to seriously harm you if taken alone. Taking high doses of Xanax habitually can cause withdrawal symptoms, which can be serious, including seizures.

If you’ve taken Xanax in high doses along with alcohol or other drugs and you suspect you may be experiencing an overdose, your prognosis may not be as good. Medical attention is necessary if you start experiencing troubling breathing or an irregular heartbeat.

Overdose on Xanax questions

If you have any questions about safe amounts of Xanax in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about Xanax, and will try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Alprazolam
PubChem: Alprazolam
ToxNet: Alprazolam

 

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9 Responses to “Can you overdose (OD) on Xanax?
Mike
2:03 pm February 9th, 2014

My dad was a decades long Xanax user who was suffering from shortness of breath associated with emphysema. He had recently stopped using a Nebulizer, saying he felt fine and no longer needed to use it. Five days later he was found dead, apparently dying after falling asleep watching television. No autopsy was done, but is it plausible death was caused by impaired breathing from toxic levels (too much) of Xanax and facing certain death from emphysema?

Please reply and advise soon…

With my sincerest thanks,

Mike

10:14 am February 13th, 2014

Hello Mike. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You must miss your father tremendously and can understand why you’d like to learn more about the circumstances of his passing.

I’d suggest that you take your question directly to your father’s supervising physician, to a pharmacist, or to a toxicologist. You’ll need a handful of medical experts to help you piece together the cause of death.

Dhaliz Delfante
4:57 pm February 27th, 2014

I tale XANAX from year 1995 and I talen 2mg; two tablets three times a day For pánico attack if I know I DONT have with me I must to returned home and taken and WOKING very good For me and I DONT lose memory

kim
9:48 pm April 21st, 2014

Hi thanx for having this type of communication platform. what happen my husband took 2 .5 ativan. we went fishing he had 2 captain and coke and 3 coors. we we came home he took from what we belive he too a mix of ativan and xanax before bed. he missed his 6 o’clock alarm. my daughter and i went to wake him up and by know its 10:00. we he did speak it was incoherent and talking about statues and quads., lol. i know its not that funny. anyway he got up to go to work but was extremely wobbly running into walls and slurd speeeh. my 2 questions ar when he gets home from work should he to the hospital or will the combination has worn of by know? sorry so long just trying to give you the hole story. one last question him taking a mix of ativan and xanax. he took 12 of the combination. what should i look for. THANKYOU

9:42 am April 23rd, 2014

Hello Kim. I’d suggest that you call the Poison Control Center to assess his level of intoxication and the risk of injury: 1800-222-1222.

JC
1:24 am May 27th, 2014

Last nigh I believe I took 30 or more 8mg tab of Xanax and drag quite a bit. Would I have already died? Or is it a blessing I woke up?

7:35 am May 27th, 2014

Hello JC. Every day is a miracle!

Call the Poison Control Center for an over the phone assessment about the toxic effect of Xanax in your system. And seek help with a psychologist to uncover why you feel compelled to experiment with Xanax. Life is worth it!

More info here: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

alicia
2:34 pm June 5th, 2014

Is xanax safe to take with pep to-bismal?

chrystine
1:05 pm June 12th, 2014

I received a RX of 2mg. I have been taking 4 -5 THE LAST FEW DAYS AND PLAN TO TAKE 1 LESS PER DAY ( I HAVE 7 LEFT) WILL THIS BE OK. I HAVE SOME NEOROTON, SHOULD I TAKE THOSE. I PLAN TO STOP BY END OF WEEK. PLEASE ADVSIE.

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